Address: 181 Orchard Road #02-03 Orchard Central Singapore 238896 Nearest MRT Station: Somerset MRT Station  What they ...

Food Review: Tanuki Raw Bar & Restaurant

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181 Orchard Road
#02-03 Orchard Central
Singapore 238896

Nearest MRT Station:
Somerset MRT Station 

What they are famous for:
Aburi Sushi, Sashimi Don, Truffle Yakiniku Don, Alcoholic Beverages 

Opening hours:
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM daily
11:30 AM - 3 PM Lunch Sets daily
5 PM - 8 PM Happy Hour daily
Last order of food at 9:45 PM and
drinks at 10:15 PM

Atmosphere: 8/10
Price: 7/10
Food: 6/10

Service: 6/10
 Lunch Specials 

 Lunch Menu
 Beverage Menu

We had:

 Salmon Skin - $5
(Fried salmon skin with garlic lime chili sauce)

A pretty unique dish! I loved how they added the Singapore flavor to this by adding the garlic lime chili sauce. It was pretty addictive too!

 Garlic Fries - $7
(Golden fries tossed with Garlic)

The fries were overcooked and we couldn't taste the Garlic in it. We did though, find a handful of diced garlic at the bottom of the basket. So no, definitely would not order this again.

 Lunch sets that comes with Salad, Miso Soup and Green tea at an additional $2

I think they used wasabi vinaigrette dressing for the salad! Wasn't really my kinda thing but if you love wasabi, then why not give it a try! $2 is pretty reasonable for these add-ons!

 Salmon Don - $12 (Lunch promo)
(Fresh sliced salmon, lightly seared aburi, plump ikura served with their housemade spicy mayo and yakiniku sauce) 

I didn't know that Tanuki Raw was opened by the same owner behind Standing Sushi Bar till the very day I visited it. Well, I have never liked the salmon at SSB because I have always felt that it lacked freshness. Decided to skip this thought and still give Tanuki Raw Bar a try but..... I was disappointed. I've had my fair share of good salmon sashimi in 22 years of my life and this was nowhere near. 

Oh anyway, all their Donburis are served with Onigiri rice!

Chirashi Don - $17.80 (Lunch promo)
(A mix of seasonal and staple sashimi including scallop, sea bream, tuna, swordfish, salmon, striped jack and salmon roe, seasoned with our signature sauce served with tamago on sushi rice)

Oh the to-die-for Chirashi Don! To be fair, I didn't try this, but to me, paying $17.80 for this might have been a little pricey, if say the standard of their sashimi was similar to that of the Salmon Don. The ones at Sushi Tei costs only $9.90 with equal portions of Sashimi. 

There's also an option for Bara Chirashi Don and the sashimi comes in cubes! 

Truffle Yakiniku Don - $14.80 (Lunch promo)
(Break the runny yolk of the onsen tomago egg over the black angus short rib that has been pan seared with a dollop of truffle soy sauce) 

Probably their only saving grace! I savored this bowl on my own but the truffle got a little too gelat for me towards the end. Still, $14.80 for this is pretty affordable! I would prolly stick to their cooked Donburis next time if I ever do visit them again! This was served with Onigiri rice as well! Would have preferred the fragrant Japanese rice instead!

The restaurant had a modern take on the traditional Japanese restaurant with bar counters, dimmed lights and an open kitchen. They even have an outdoor seating!

Service was pretty slow that day, and the fries were the last to be served (And they were overcooked). It was a unconventional when we got our Donburis first before we got our salad and miso soup when they were supposed to be the appetizers.

Hope this helped!